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Take Your Wardrobe From Sweet to Sophisticated in 3 Easy Pieces

Kristen Berry

If you’ve followed Faux Fancy for a while, you know that I have a penchant for girlier clothing items, from full skirts to frothy pastels. Recently however, all of this girliness has begun to feel a bit too sweet.

I turned 30 last year, and I’m loving this time in my life -- and I’m ready for a wardrobe that’s more fitting of this wiser, more confident and exciting time. I’m striving for a little less ingenue and a bit more leading lady.

Don’t worry, I don’t plan on overhauling my closet entirely. However, there are a handful of items that you will begin to gradually see more and more of in upcoming posts.  

Here is a quick roundup, as well as tips to help those of you who are also craving a slightly more grown up look, whether for a single event, to button up a bit during fall, or for a complete wardrobe refresh.

Lengthen and Slim Those Skirts

The Inspiration: Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is living proof that a longer, slim pencil skirt can be every bit as feminine and sexy as a shorter, fuller version, but it’s endlessly chicer. They also provide a much trimmer and more streamlined silhouette.

Below-the-knee hemlines like those Victoria are rocking above are a bit extreme for me -- my ideal length would hit right at or at the middle of the knee.

H&M Crêpe Dress in black, $30 at

ASOS High Waisted Pencil Skirt, $39 at

Don’t be Afraid to Wear the Pants

The Inspiration: Olivia Palermo

Whether getting ready for a big meeting or a night out with the girls, the wardrobe conversation always goes the same way.

“Kristen will obviously be wearing a skirt or dress . . . what’s everyone else wearing?”

Not that I don’t own my fair share of pants -- they’re just not my go-to piece of attire. I love Olivia Palermo’s lean, slim pant silhouette, whether ripped casual jeans, jewel-toned trousers, leather sleek leather stunners or dressier dark denim.

My shopping in this department will have less to do with the pants themselves, but the tops to turn them into outfits -- the tops are the gaping hole in my wardrobe.

Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Faux-Leather Ankle Pant, $110 at

Zara Medium-rise coated slim-fit trousers, $70 at

Old Navy Women's The Rockstar Distressed Skinny Jeans, currently on sale for $25 at OldNavy.Gap.Com.

Rock a Collar

The Inspiration: Too Many to Name!

Whether layered beneath a sweater (preferably one with a bold color or contrasting pattern), tucked into a pencil skirt or crisp and loose with a pair of distressed jeans, a good collared shirt offers a variety of sartorial options.

I’m definitely looking for an assortment of shirts that can fit numerous wardrobe needs.

H&M Patterned Blouse, $25 at

H&M White V-neck Blouse, $20 at

Forever 21 Gray Collared Chiffon Blouse, $15 at

Zara Long-Sleeved Blouse in Yellow, $80 at

What about you? Are you ready for a wardrobe updated of your own?

- Kristen